Bangladesh is on the verge of an ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final after a six wicket beating of Scotland in Nelson on Thursday. The Bangladeshis won the toss and sent the Scots in and it proved a decent enough decision with most batsmen managing to get their eye in before departing. The British side found themselves 116/3 after 24 overs but it was opening batsman Kyle Coetzer who was to be the star of the show.
Coetzer became the first Scot to hit a World Cup century and did so in fine style. The 30-year old clubbed 17 fours and four sixes on his way to a superb 156 from 134 balls. So telling was his contribution that the next best score was Preston Mommsen’s 39 as Scotland posted 318/8 at the Saxton Oval. Taskin Ahmed’s 3/43 was the best of the bowling.
In response the Test nation was a man down early on as Soumya Sarkar was caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Cross off Josh Davey for 2. However from 5/1 the Asian nation recovered as Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah added 139 for the second wicket before the latter departed for 62. Iqbal became Davey’s second victim when he was trapped lbw for 95 but there would be valuable contributions from each of the top order batsman.
Even when Mushfiqur Rahim was caught by Calum McLeod off Alasdair Evans for 60 with the chasing team on 247/4 there was no real panic. Star all rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman showed their experience to take their side. Shakib struck an unbeaten 52 from 41 deliveries while the latter was on 42 from 40 when the subcontinent side crossed the line with 11 balls to spare.